Felipe Massa



The for­mer Fer­rari man, now en­joy­ing a fresh start with Wil­liams, sounds off about fish and chips, the world ti­tle that got away, and why stop­ping say­ing “for sure” is eas­ier said than done

With one smooth move­ment, Felipe Massa hoists him­self up onto the bar on the top oor of the Wil­liams mo­torhome, where guests are usu­ally served a va­ri­ety of Mar­tini-based cock­tails. Or, in F1 Rac­ing’s case, a sub­stan­tial glass of chilled sparkling wa­ter on ice.

“So many ques­tions,” says Felipe reec­tively, lifting the pile of cards be­tween nger and thumb and peer­ing un­der it, as if more ques­tions might be con­cealed be­neath.

He shouldn’t be too sur­prised at be­ing the fo­cus of all this in­ter­est, hav­ing en­joyed such a long and event­ful ca­reer – an ac­ci­dent-prone ap­pren­tice­ship at Sauber fol­lowed by a sea­son on the side­lines, thence to Fer­rari where he played Robin to Michael Schu­macher’s Bat­man, a ni­pand-tuck ght for the driv­ers’ cham­pi­onship with Lewis Hamil­ton in 2008, in­jury fol­low­ing a hor­ri­fy­ing ac­ci­dent at the Hun­garor­ing in 2009, then a de­mean­ing num­ber-two role along­side Fer­nando Alonso. And now, re­birth at a sim­i­larly rejuvenated Wil­liams.

At a phase in his ca­reer when he could rea­son­ably be ex­pected to be tak­ing on an el­der­states­man role, Felipe re­tains the cheeky chap­pie per­sona that marked him out when he burst on to the scene over a decade ago. That hasn’t changed – nor, it seems, has his fa­mous habit of punc­tu­at­ing his sen­tences with “for sure”… How does it feel to be close to Sir Frank, who is a legend in For­mula 1? Maria Cristina Sev­erini, Ar­gentina Hon­estly, Frank re­ally is a legend. He has one of the most im­por­tant and his­toric teams in For­mula 1, and I’ve al­ways wanted to drive for him, so I’m re­ally happy to be part of his fam­ily. He has a big heart and a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence. Would you wish your son to be F1 cham­pion or foot­ball World Cup win­ner? Karel Belo­huby, Czech Repub­lic I love be­ing a rac­ing driver – it’s some­thing I un­der­stand, you know? It would be nice to see my son rac­ing in F1. But I think it’s eas­ier to be a foot­ball player. The chance of be­com­ing an F1 driver is lower and lower – you see so many driv­ers ar­riv­ing just be­cause they have money. I don’t want my son to suf­fer be­cause of some­thing that’s to do with his nan­cial sit­u­a­tion rather than his tal­ent. So maybe foot­ball is bet­ter. F1R: We hear Brazil may be look­ing for a new foot­ball team… FM: [Laughs up­roar­i­ously] True, but it’s go­ing to be a long time be­fore he’s old enough! Has Rob Smedley ever in­tro­duced you to the del­i­cacy from his home­town of Mid­dles­brough known lo­cally as a ‘Parmo’? Char­lotte Bowe, United King­dom [Look­ing ab­so­lutely mystied] No… F1R: It’s a bit like a chicken schnitzel, ac­cord­ing to Wikipedia. FM: Chicken esca­lope? Rob never re­ally talks to me about where he comes from. [Laughs]

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